The Greek School of Saint George was founded in 1969 and began with an enrollment of only 18 students. Classes were then held in the White House on the same grounds that our Church presently occupies. Currently St. George Greek school is one of the two Greek schools in the greater Washington Metropolitan DC area recognized by the ministry of education in Greece as a Center of Greek studies. In addition, since 2018 it is approved from MCPS to offer 0.5 credit each year to high schools students who attend our Greek school Program. Enrollment now exceeds 200 students, with classes for pre-kindergarten through Γ ellinomatheia level class. There is also a conversational class offered to Greek school students and three adult classes for all levels. These classes are taught by professional high qualified and dedicated teachers with bachelor degrees from a higher educational institute and many years of experience.
The Greek School offers a unique educational program that emphasizes not only the Greek language, but also our Greek history, culture, and Greek Orthodox religion. For that reason, Greek school program has various cultural and religious day presentations/events during the school year (OXI Day, Christmas, March 25th etc) which showcases students’ language skills as well as their ability to really engage with these historical days
Greek school seeks to instill in our students an understanding of the important contribution Greece has made to our western civilization, to our democratic principles, and to the English language. With this understanding of their ethnic background, the Greek School program leads our children to one of the greatest knowledge of all, to “Know Thyself”. It is the goal of the Greek School that our children understand their language and heritage not only for their own benefit but also so that they will insist that their children receive this same understanding and appreciation of the Greek language and heritage.
St. George Greek school is a level-based program which allows students to be placed in classes with peers who have similar capabilities in the Greek language and grow within the language at their pace. The level classes give a child the opportunity to repeat a class or skip a class to be in the classroom that best meets their needs, not because it aligns with their grade level in traditional school.
The Greek School of St. George has established a carefully planned Greek language program that addresses the needs of all students – those who have a background in the Greek language and those who do not. For that reason, the Greek School of St. George provides different curriculum on Fridays and Saturdays.
- The Friday School: Provides an excellent curriculum for students who have little or no exposure to the Greek language outside of school.
Friday School offers:
-classes from Pre Alpha (pre-K) level through Hta/Ellinomatheia A1 Level
-class hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
-dance Lessons: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- The Saturday School: Provides an additional hour of instruction as well as more rigorous homework. Please sign up for the class that matches your child’s needs.
Saturday school offers:
-classes from Pre-Alpha level (pre-K) through Ellinomatheia Γ2 level
-Class hours: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
-Advance ellinomatheia class hours (Levels B2-Γ): 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
-Dance lessons 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Adult Greek Classes: Offered for three different levels beginner, intermediate and advanced. It is a wonderful way to build and/or refresh your own capabilities in the Greek language.
This year we offer the option of online classes for all three levels.
Classes start the first week of October and conclude the first week of June.
-Beginner group on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
-Intermediate group on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
-Advanced group on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– On-line Beginner group on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
– On-line Intermediate group on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
– On-line Advance group on Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
George Greek School has a long and successful tradition in the Ellinomatheia Exams
A certificate is issued for successful candidates at all levels, A1, A2 B1, B2 C1,C2.
The certificate of Attainment in Greek:
- offers a standardized assessment of proficiency
- satisfies proficiency requirements for the practice of various professions in Greece, and EU
- a level C allows foreigners who do not possess a Greek secondary education, to register at a Greek institution of higher education
- a level C2 allows citizens of European Union member states to prove complete knowledge and fluent use of the Greek language.
- is equivalent to the English “Lower” and “Proficiency” diplomas of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, and the University of Michigan.
The exams are organized every year by the Center of the Greek Language in Thesaloniki. Successful candidates at each level will receive an official Certificate of Attainment in Modern Greek. The Certificate can be a valuable asset for university students who are trying to fulfill a second language requirement and for those seeking employment with European or other international companies.
Virginia and Maryland- recognize the Level B1 and all higher levels of Ellinomatheia Certificates as proof of language proficiency in Modern Greek. As a result, our students can submit the B1 Certificate (translated) to their high school to be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy at graduation.
“Covid-19” May 2020 Exams Postponed
Because of the coronavirus pandemic and its rapid spread around the world as well as in Greece, it is imperative that the Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) reevaluate its initial exam schedule. Therefore, the May 2020 exams have been postponed until the Fall 2020. Our utmost priority lies with the safety of the candidates, of everyone involved in the exams, and of our staff.
Regarding the registrations:
- Candidates who have applied and paid the exam fees, your application will be automatically transferred and will be valid for the new exam period which is yet to be announced.
- Candidates who have applied, but have not yet paid the exam fees, should reapply in the new registration period which is yet to be announced.
- Candidates who have not yet applied, should wait and apply in the new registration period.
The new registration period and the new exam dates will be announced in due course in the Certification website. For more information, candidates can communicate with the exam centers, where this is possible. In any case, candidates can also contact the Department for Greek Language Certification via e-mail, on this address: email@example.com.
Greek school starts Friday September 11th for Friday school and Saturday September 12th for Saturday school.
Τaking into account the challenges that face the very young students with virtual learning, we will offer to the very young students (pre Alpha, Alpha and Beta level students) the choice of in-person or virtual instructional model. A staggered reopening of our school allows us to bring students back to school in smaller groups and help us to meet and exceed safety recommendations.
All other levels will start the school year virtually. In October we will reassess the situation and will communicate to you any new decision regarding a detailed reopening plan. Our hope is that we will be able to bring all students back to school in the near future. Families will have the option to choose a virtual only format, if they desire, for the entire school year.
St. George Greek School has decided to start the 2020-21 school year in the distance learning (online), up to the end of October. By the end of October we will reassess the situation and will decide whether to open virtually or physically following all our County’s regulations. If we open in November for in person instruction we will give parents the option to choose a virtual-only format if they wish.
In order for students to receive the usual amount of instructional time (2hours for Friday school and 3 hours for Saturday school), we will provide the instruction over the course of two (2) days. In addition to the basic instructional day (Friday or Saturday) on which we will provide about 1 to 1:30 hours instruction depending on students’ level and age, St. George Greek School will offer on Wednesdays one additional hour (between 5 -7pm) of interaction aiming to develop students’ listening and speaking skills, and to boost their confidence when speaking Greek.
Students of B1/B2 and Γ Ellinomatheia Level will be able to receive all instructional time in one day (Saturday), if they so desire.
Please note that Friday school provides an excellent curriculum for students who have little or no exposure to the Greek language outside of the school while Saturday School provides an additional hour of instruction as well as more rigorous homework and concludes with the child having more advanced language skills.
Our Greek School starts on September 11 & 12.
2020-2021 Friday and Saturday school registration link
For more information about the Greek School Programs, please contact the head of the Greek School:
Ms. Eirini latrou
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